“The vast majority seemed to hang on to what seemed like hate, and fear, and almost warmongering, and I don’t want to associate myself with warmongers.” Ammon Bundy
Editor Note: I was contacted by the Buzzfeed author of this article earlier this week. We chose not to respond. I chose this because I did not see the confusion between the definitions of refugees and illegal immigrants to be enough to personally be concerned about. I did, however, make a public comment after it was brought to my personal attention that Ammon Bundy was actively soliciting financial support for Refugee families from his supporters via an online Google document.
I am a devoted supporter and friend of the Bundy Families and the Patriot Political Prisoners that came to their call for help as well as their families. The leaders and many of the followers are now free and trying to get their lives and finances back to some kind of normal.
Ammon Bundy as a leader has come out more than once and stated that his financial needs from his incarceration and trial expenses have been met and has asked folks to donate to others that still had needs instead of him and his family.
There are currently three followers of Ammon Bundy that answered the families call for help in April 2014. Todd Engel, Greg Burelson and Jerry Delimas, who were all sentenced prior to the blowup of the prosecution’s case late last year causing all charges to be dismissed with prejudice.
When I saw that the funding for support of refugees was being solicited by Ammon Bundy, with no consideration to any issues illegal or legal by myself, I spoke out about my concerns for these three men still fighting for funds and attorneys to appeal their cases. I voiced my concerns and questions that I had as I have first-hand knowledge and have personally been supporting and helping with the ongoing fight and appeals still in progress for these remaining men.
I feel strongly, that Ammon and his family, having claimed publicly that their needs of financial support have been met should be dedicated to resolving the financial needs and legal support of the remaining followers that answered their call to action and for help before even considering any other endeavor for funds to support other causes.
Knowing the sacrifices still being made and the costs involved, in my mind, it seems to be the only appropriate thing to do.
As leaders, if we take the challenge, we have obligation to our followers and not just our cause.
Doug Knowles – Editor, ItMattersHowYouStand.com